Friday, January 12, 2018

Quinnipiac falls to Dartmouth in final 10 seconds

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

For the first time in 11 years, Quinnipiac failed to beat Dartmouth College in game at least once in a season as the Big Green scored with under 10 seconds as a strange bounce goal by Will Graber was the difference in the game. Its been that kind of season for Quinnipiac with the bounces clearly not going their way as they have been in the past.

With Landon Smith out of the lineup due to an injury suffered in the Cornell game a new line of Nick Jermain, Tanner MacMaster and Odeen Tufto was formed and had all the scoring on the night for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac got the scoring started 10:27 into the opening period when he found the puck on his stick in the low slot burying it past Dartmouth goaltender Devin Buffalo. The Big Green responded just over a minute later on the 4th goal of the season from Corey Kalk. Quinnipiac then answered the Dartmouth goal less than a minute later when Odeen Tufto spun off a defender a found a loose puck in the slot and blasted it home. In the final minute of the period, Dartmouth tied the scored again on a goal by Daniel Warpecha who was open due to two Quinnipiac defenders tied up with one Dartmouth player.

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth (photo copyright BobcatsHockeyBlog)

In the second period, Dartmouth scored just 1:20 in on a power play goal by Collin Rutherford to take its first lead of the game. Quinnipiac tied it up again just after the 14 minute mark of the period when Odeen Tufto retrieved a puck in the corner and sent a no look pass in front of the net which was put in by MacMaster for his team leading 10th goal of the season.

The third period saw Quinnipiac put a bunch of pressure on Dartmouth with nothing to show for it. With the game looking like it was heading towards overtime, the Big Green stunned Quinnipiac with Graber's late goal. Odeen Tufto finished with a goal and two assists while Tanner MacMaster had two goals and Nick Jermain assisted on all three goals. Andrew Shortridge made 29 saves as he deserved a better fate for his performance. Quinnipiac was out shot for the first time since October 20th against Northeastern. They drop to 8-12-2 on the season (4-7-1 ECAC) and now head south to face Harvard on Saturday afternoon in a game that will appear in New England on NESN.

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